22 Oct 2014 -
Ah Halloween: a time for costumes, chickens, and spooky fun.
This year the CS:GO team will be ushering in the season with an update celebrating all manner of holiday shenanigans.
Each of our hardened operators have decided to have a little Halloween fun by wearing masks, be sure to look for masks from PAYDAY 2 and Team Fortress 2!
Ghost In The (Spent) Shell
Death comes for us all eventually, and during our Halloween event you once again have a chance to see the ghosts of your fallen friends haunting the battlefield.
A Murder Most Fowl
BEWARE! For with all these treats, also come tricks. For too long the chickens of CS:GO have idly watched as their brethren were slaughtered by the droves, and on All Hollow’s Eve there is no more room in Chicken Hell.
In addition to the seasonal fun, this weekend (Oct. 24-26) marks the FaceIT LAN finals. Not only is a $50,000 prize purse up for grabs, but this is a great opportunity to watch some of the top teams in the world. Marvel at their skill. Pick up a few pointers. But above all else: be thankful you’re not playing against them.
Happy Halloween everyone!
10 Oct 2014 -
CS:GO is filled with music, from the moment you reach the main menu until your inevitable death (hey, it happens!). And starting today, that music can help you establish your identity in the game: introducing music kits, available as a special offer for CS:GO players.
You can share your music kit with anyone you are playing with, and they include a special broadcasted MVP Anthem that plays whenever you are MVP.
Nine Music Kits are available now. They feature new music exclusively made for CS:GO by various artists and composers. Check them out below.
Want a music kit? They’re available as offers in game, or you can pick one up now through the Steam market.
Turn up your music, and Go! Go! Go!
3 Oct 2014 -
CS:GO MAJOR TOURNEY AT DREAMHACK WINTER 2014
Marks Fourth Consecutive $250K CS:GO Major
October 3, 2014 — Valve today announced a $250,000 prize pool for the DreamHack CS:GO Championship at DreamHack Winter 2014.
Taking place in Jönköping, Sweden from November 27-29, the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament will feature eight quarter-finalists from ESL One Cologne 2014. They will be joined by eight teams to be decided by regional qualifiers. All the action from the Finals will be streamed live via continuous high-quality coverage provided by DreamHack.
For the first time, the DreamHack CS:GO Championship will feature a special boot camp – all teams are invited to Stockholm to train before the tournament, with support for accommodations provided by DreamHack and Valve.
The upcoming event will be the fourth $250,000 CS:GO Major tournament, pushing the total prize pool to $1 million awarded since last year’s DreamHack SteelSeries CS:GO Championship.
In addition, the past season of Major tournaments generated record-breaking viewing audiences, with 3 million unique viewers “tuning in” for the last Major tournament, ESL One Cologne held in August of this year. Also in the past year, CS:GO’s player numbers for have grown by more than 250%, and content contributors have grossed more than $3.5 million dollars selling their items and maps for the game.
Valve is the creator of game technologies (Source, Steam) and numerous best-selling game franchises (Counter-Strike, Dota 2, Half-Life, Portal, and Team Fortress).
Hosted in Jönköping, Sweden, DreamHack is to date the world’s largest digital festival, and holds the official world record as the world’s largest LAN party in the Guinness Book of Records.
For more information about CS:GO visit http://blog.counter-strike.net/
For more information about DreamHack Winter 2014, please visit http://www.dreamhack.se/dhw14/
2 Oct 2014 -
It’s the end of Operation Breakout, CS:GO’s most successful operation so far. Combined, CS:GO players spent over ten million hours playing the operation maps.
There were clear favorites with Insertion leading the pack in daily Competitive playtime, taking in over 21% of Competitive Operation map playtime (with Overgrown and BlackGold in second and third).
We also released an update today and you can read release notes here.
For those of you who have been looking for an Operation Breakout weapon case, good news: starting today the Operation Breakout cases will be dropping for all CS:GO players.
26 Sep 2014 -
Hey Operation Breakout fans! We’re entering the final days of the operation, which runs until October 2nd.
Until then, you still have a chance to play all of the great Operation maps on official Valve servers. You’ll have until the end of the operation to complete your missions, upgrade your Challenge Coin, and add stats to your Operation Journal.
Jump into a match and play these Operation maps while you still can!